Tonight Picks: Night Skies In The Observatory At The Franklin Institute, RiverRink Winterfest At Penn’s Landing, Motown The Musical At The Kimmel Center And More

The Dandelion
The Dandelion is one of our favorite cozy spots for a drink and bite in Center City. (Photo courtesy The Dandelion)

One of the key themes for tonight is staying warm. Luckily, there’s plenty of warming winter fun happening tonight to jump start the weekend.

Seek shelter indoors, and head to The Franklin Institute to learn about the stars, moons and galaxies at Night Skies in the Observatory, or dance along to Motown hits at Motown The Musical at the Academy of Music.

Visit the Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest (which is totally heated) to take advantage of its new happy hour, which promises half-priced seasonal drafts and $5 shorty fries.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute

Stargaze and learn about stars, moons and galaxies at Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute, a monthly event hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. Visit the museum from 6 to 9 p.m., to learn about a space-related topic and stargaze from 5 different professional-grade rooftop telescopes. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for museum members.

When: Thursday, January 8, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st Street
Cost: $5 for non-members, free for members

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Warm up with food and drinks (spiked hot chocolate, anyone?) inside of the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Plus, the Lodge now has happy hour on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., which features half-off seasonal drafts and $5 shorty fries.

When: Thursday, January 8, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: RiverRink Winterfest, 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Motown The Musical at The Kimmel Center

Groove to tunes made by famous by folks like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and more at Motown The Musical, which brings song and dance to the Kimmel Center all month long. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at just $20. Motown The Musical continues through January 18.

When: Thursday, January 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$130.05

A Longwood Christmas

Soak up some final Christmas cheer at A Longwood Christmas, a holiday display that will remain on display until Sunday, January 11. The whimsical display of lights, trees, holiday greenery and more is open nightly until 10 p.m.

When: Thursday, January 8, until 10:30 p.m.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $10 for students

Academy of Music in Philadelphia
Groove to toe-tapping tunes at the Academy of Music as it hosts Motown the Musical during its Philadelphia run.
(Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

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Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Bundle up and make the most of the winter season at the ice rink at Dilworth Park. After skating, warm up with a toasty hot chocolate in the warming tent. The rink will remain open tonight until 9 p.m.

When: Thursday, January 8, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

Sprit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn

Tonight, warm up with a free whiskey tasting at The Trestle Inn. Enjoy a free sample of Dad’s Hat Rye Port Finish from 6 to 8 p.m., and take advantage of a $10 neat special from 6 to 10 p.m.

When: Thursday, January 8, 6-10 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Shake Shack’s New Burger and Beer

Fill up on a comforting meal at Shake Shack as the fast-casual food chain debuts a new burger and new beer collaboration. Visit any Shake Shack location (University City, King of Prussia or Rittenhouse), for the new ShackMeister burger and the Shack Frost Ale from the folks at Victory Brewing Company.

When: Thursday, January 8
Where: Shake Shack locations, 2000 Sansom Street; 3200 Chestnut Street; 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia
Cost: Pay as you go

Hip Hop Quizzo at Saint Lazarus Bar

Put your hip hop knowledge to the test at hip hop quizzo at Saint Lazarus Bar in Fishtown. Quizzo runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and promises happy hour drink deals and tunes from a number of DJs.

When: Thursday, January 8, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Saint Lazarus Bar, 102 W. Girard Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

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